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vēlĕs , ĭtis, m. volare, velox, flying troops,
I.a kind of light-armed soldier, who attacked the enemy out of the line of battle, a skirmisher.
I. Lit., usually in the plur.: velites, Liv 26, 4, 4 sq.; 21, 55, 11; 23, 29, 3; 38, 21, 13; 30, 33, 3; Varr ap. Non. 552, 30; Ov Ib. 48 (Merkel, militis); Val. Max. 2, 3, 3.—Sing., Lucil. ap. Fest. s. v sub vitem, p. 308; Titin. ap. Non. 552, 26.—*
II. Transf.: “me autem a te, ut scurram velitem, malis oneratum esse, non moleste tuli,as the clown of the troop, Cic. Fam. 9, 20, 1.
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